Pizza Tapes CD (2000)

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Mandolin master David Grisman sat down with fellow blue grass picker Tony Rice and the Grateful Dead's, Jerry Garcia in February, 1993, to record a small jam session of standards and covers. Each retained a cassette of their meeting, and eventually Garcia's was stolen by a pizza boy who leaked it to the bootleg circuit. Grisman, after being initially perturbed, found the time to master this unique meeting and offered it on his Acoustical Disc label. This album is a beautiful glimpse into an intimate blending of guitar and mandolin.


Label Acoustic Disc
SKU 60399264
UPC 715949104121
UPC 14 00715949104121
Format CD
Release Date 4/25/2000
Author Garcia/Grisman/Rice
Associated Artist/Work Beaudoin, Gerry
Associated Artist/Work Bush, Sam
Associated Artist/Work Garcia, Jerry
Associated Artist/Work Grappelli, Stephane
Associated Artist/Work O'Connor, Mark
Associated Artist/Work O'Connor, Mark (Violin)
Associated Artist/Work Sebastian, John (Pop)
Associated Artist/Work Statman, Andy
Associated Artist/Work Taylor, Martin
Associated Artist/Work Watson, Doc
Technical Info
Engineer David Dennison
Producer David Grisman
CatalogID ACDCD 41
Lable Name Acoustic Disc
Released 04/25/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 73m : 49s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00715949104121
Album Notes and Credits
Full performer name: Jerry Garcia/David Grisman/Tony Rice.
Personnel: Jerry Garcia (vocals, guitar); Tony Rice (guitar); David Grisman (mandolin).
Recorded at Dawg Studios, Mill Valley, California on February 4 & 5, 1993. Includes liner notes by David Grisman and Tony Rice.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
The setting is February 1993, at mandolinist David Grisman's Dawg Studios in Northern California. Grisman has gathered Jerry Garcia and newgrass guitar wizard Tony Rice for an informal jam session, bringing the two pickers together for the first time. Soon thereafter, a local pizza delivery boy pilfers a cassette of mixes left out on Garcia's kitchen counter... and so begins the years-long, bootlegged journey of the recording dubbed THE PIZZA TAPES.
Unlike the popularly traded version, this official release offers excellent sound quality and editing, including some wittily-placed bits of banter. Indeed, the Garcia-Rice repartee offers a window into an offhand and intimate musical encounter in a very specific time and place. The chosen material evidences Garcia's late-'80s/early-'90s revisiting of the American folk and bluegrass songbook. Doc Watson's "Shady Grove" opens with copious space-noodling before yielding to a hot-blooded jaunt rife with quick-picking. The three continue their spirited improv duel as they delve loosely into the jazz songbook with George Gershwin's "Summertime" and Miles Davis' classic modal vehicle, "So What." Favorite spirituals such as "Drifting Too Far From the Shore" and "Amazing Grace" take on a special, bittersweet overtone as sung by an ailing Jerry, while the summery "Rosalee McFall" is as sweet as ever.
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (7/00, p.105) - "...The sound is superb, the vibe warm and easy-going, the performances - as Garcia pronounces - 'smokin'....A gem."
Disc 1
1 Appetizer
2 Man Of Constant Sorrow
3 Appetizer
4 Louis Collins
5 Shady Jam
6 Shady Grove
7 Always Late
8 Guitar Space / Summertime
9 Appetizer
10 Long Black Veil
11 Rosalee McFall
12 Appetizer
13 Drifting Too Far From The Shore
14 Amazing Grace
15 Little Sadie
16 Knockin' On Heaven's Door
17 Space Jam
18 So What
19 Appetizer
20 House Of The Rising Sun, The

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